Sack Minister Hunter in Cabinet Reshuffle

Greens Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on Premier Weatherill to sack Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ian Hunter.

Greens Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on Premier Weatherill to sack Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ian Hunter.

Ms Franks’ call follows this morning’s calls from Anangu for the Minister to be sacked.

“Minister Hunter has made a total mess of the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, leading non-Government members to declare we have no confidence in the Minister in December,” Ms Franks said.

“On two occasions in his short time on the front Bench, this Parliament has declared no confidence in Minister Hunter. Do we really need a third before Premier Weatherill acts?

“Last year we discovered that Minister Hunter hadn’t even visited the lands in 14 months. However, this total lack of proper consultation gave him no pause in ramming through legislation in the last sitting week of the year that potentially strips the APY Board of its powers for any reason the Minister sees fit.

“Minister Hunter has since failed to act on the very issues he himself said were so urgent that he needed to ram legislation through without due process.

“In the last fortnight he finally set foot on the lands to attend an APY Executive meeting, staying only for that meeting and a reported photo opportunity.

“Meanwhile the Government is $1.3 million behind in its payments to the APY Executive, effectively starving them into submission.

“He has shown arrogance, indifference and a total lack of respect for his constituents through his carriage of this portfolio. He’s stumbled from debacle to disaster and his attitude shows that this won’t change.

“He infamously stated over the Clovelly Park debacle that it was time to ‘co-design a new engagement paradigm’. Well, Premier Weatherill needs to step up and co-design a new Cabinet without Ian Hunter on the front bench.”

Ms Franks will be available for comment in the Parliament House courtyard at 1.15pm today.

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